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Now It's Getting Personal

I've lived in the Salt Lake area most of my life. When I was six I lived a couple of blocks from the Jordan River, and at nine I lived a block away from Liberty Park and spent many an afternoon sitting on the bank of the pond watching the ducks. My sister currently lives across the street from the park and no more than 100 meters or so from the pond. She walks her dog in the park almost every day, so to see the park like this is heartbreaking. The spill is not even close to the Gulf spill, but more personal. I worry that the oil will make it to the Great Salt Lake and damage the wildlife habitat it provides. I've been thinking about a fitting penalty for the corporate fucks who continue their cavalier attitude toward producing our energy. I've got it, tarred and feathered using their spilled oil and the feathers of the birds they've killed.

Oil spill continues to flow into Jordan River

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Cleanup crews placed absorbent booms in the Liberty Park pond to try to stop the flow of oil. A Chevron pipeline leak early Saturday morning flowed into Red Butte Creek, leading to the closure of Liberty Park. Contaminants were spotted as far way as the Jordan River in what officials are calling a major spill. It was flowing 30 to 40 feet downhill into the creek from the ground covering a buried pipeline just south of Red Butte Gardens, near the greenhouses and the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Crude oil flowed into Liberty Pond and continued into the Jordan River. (Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)


 

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This is awful! i head about his on the radio this morning. When will we (as a country) learn??

Exactly. "We" being the key word here. We have done almost nothing to lessen our dependence on oil over the course of my lifetime. In fact, I think our consumption has increased. If you drive a car every day you can't really blame the big oil producers, that's like blaming the drug dealers because you are a heroin addict.

In the face of these disasters we need to take DRASTIC measures to change course on oil consumption. Here's an idea: ride bikes.

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It could be worse.

Some boys were playing with fireworks near a series of wading pools and stream in Bellingham, Washington.

The stream also happened to be next to a pipeline.

It burst - killing three.

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&File_Id=5468

It's a shame, we can't get off oil. Everything is made with it. We have oil in our shampoo and toothpaste. Our bicycles are made with oil, our food contains oil. Even if somehow our entire nation no longer needed it we'd still drill for export.

Our lands could be drenched in oil yet the Republicants in office still won't do a damn thing about it.

Everything is made with it. We have oil in our shampoo and toothpaste. Our bicycles are made with oil, our food contains oil.

Where are you shopping - Walmart?

"We" and "our" are collective again. True, not many people want to read labels, but it's worth it. Pay up front now, or pay later with extra fees (hard to call them "interest").

No, I don't shop at Wal-mart, why do you assume I do or this conversation is about my personal shopping habits? Perhaps you could focus on my post rather than going on some irrelevant tangent.

Read my entire post; I read yours. The 1st part is somewhat of a knee jerk reaction. If you like, I can include "you" as a more universal noun. Also, i did not assume, i asked, if you wish to take this so personally.

To be clear: the 2nd part of the post is not snark; it's a clarification of the question.

To reply even more specifically to your post: I wish we could blame all of our oil problems on the GOP, but that would be too easy. The Dems are just as guilty.

i'm sorry to hear about about the corporate crapping on your childhood memories and current area of family residence. i hope the cleanup goes a lot smoother than the bp debacle.

but, regarding "now it's personal"- isn't the gulf of mexico and the louisiana coastline personal enough for you? what happened to your global conciousness? i remember the days when you used to take personally things much farther away from your desk than that...in my neighborhood, in fact. :)

Is it not just human nature that the closer to home the more personally we take it. It's an inverse function of the distance, either in literal miles, or one's heart. :)

well, i have to say i never thought i'd care a bit about utah...so thanks for the conciousness-raising. i'm always looking for more things to worry about.

So sorry to hear this Norm. Hope those guys from the oil bidness were out on Sunday capping that pipeline to stop the flow. Surely God would have preferred that to Sunday prayer.

re: "well, i have to say i never thought i'd care a bit about utah."

Utah's rugged splendor is a national treasure. And somehow fouling waterways in such country is, if possible even more dispicable where water is so precious.

re: "In the face of these disasters we need to take DRASTIC measures to change course on oil consumption. Here's an idea: ride bikes."

5% of our natural gas use goes to manufacturing synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, more than half of which runs off to contaminate ground water and rivers alike, creating deadzones in the ocean that were growing alarmingly even before BP.

Here's an idea: buy Organic food.

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